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Alex HQuest

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  1. Switched from x1950 to 4850hd

    Your first screen has nothing about HD4850. This is VoodooHDA, a sound kext. Unsure why it messed up with you. Second screen is showing Natit "working" -- unsure where this Natit.kext came from, but I strongly advise to remove it and update Chameleon to 2.0RC3 or latest, or PC-EFI 10.5 or latest. Last screen appears to be the lack of the "Graphics Enabler" feature -- which may be fulfilled by either a recent Natit.kext or -- my recommended approach -- a boot.plist "GraphicsEnabler=Yes" flag with Chameleon/PC-EFI. Surely you can find a lot of good threads in here about what and how to install these named tools. Last but not least, sometimes 60Hz based resolutions doesn't work. In that case, you may be able to use a lower display resolutin with higher frequency, but not your optimal monitor resolution.
  2. XFX Radeon HD 4850 - Can't get to work

    Check below what to change (in red). BTW suggest you to use LegacyATI4800Controller.kext instead of manual devid add, because it usually get reverted back after an update.
  3. XFX Radeon HD 4850 - Can't get to work

    Boot with -x, then Put LegacyATI4800Controller.kext on /System/Library/Extensions instead of /Extra OR Add your device 0x94421002 on /System/Library/Extensions/ATI4800Controller.kext as suggested by netkas. Before restart, rebuild kexts (Kext Utility does the trick). Make sure GraphicsEnabler=Y is set on /Extra/com.apple.Boot.plist and Chameleon is 2.0 RC4, PC_EFI v10.3 or higher. Finally, if using SL 10.6.2, ensure all /System/Library/Extensions/ATI* kext's are vanilla ones. There is no need to install any of "exotic" pkgs for this card. Lastly but not least, sometimes 60Hz resolutions does not work. While in safe mode, turn on Screen Sharing (VNC) and use it if needed to adjust your screen resolution to any other (ie, 72, 75, 59, etc).
  4. I give up!

    Wait a second. If I got you right, you are do using a real MacPro hardware, and not an "OSX on generic Intel" hardware. Is that right? If yes, then things are in a very different picture. You should NOT even think of installing Chameleon on your disk, or data loss will happen. My best advice would be to "flash" your card with a Mac BIOS, however I am unsure if this 4890 serie is available for Mac. The way hardware is initialised on OSX is different from our regular Intel PCs -- that's why we do use "Chameleon" and other kext's (most of them are plain EFI emulators -- suggest you to take a read on what is EFI to better understand the whole picture). Someone which would be able to give a great word of advice -- IMHO -- is netkas. He is usually on the board, but I am unsure if he would even read this thread, but you may try ask for his help on his site netkas.org. Your request is very though, and I guess less than 2% of people on this forum would be able to help you. This is another reason to take a breath and give some time.
  5. I give up!

    If you ever wanted a plug and play ATi video card, you should either 1) stick with Windows (which I guess you will be from now on), 2) get an officially supported video card (ie, 4850) or 3) get a real Mac hardware. Otherwise, you will face lots of "Chamäleon" (Chameleon), "cashing" (cacheing) and other nonsense terms missed from Windows users' dictionary. Be prepared to read a lot of "chinese", as plenty of guides are wrote by people where English are not their native language. In your case, I would suggest taking a breath and a cup or two of coffee, and try to better understand what is the status for your particular 4890 card. Chameleon is an OS boot loader, known mostly on "Mac on non Mac hardware" community. There are a couple guides easely found on Google about how to install it on your system. You can even install an "outdated" version and then upgrade it by copying a single file, there is no need of a Spaceship Science PhD knowledge for that. Same as for your card, people did some handy installers which are quite "Windows-like": Next, Next, Finish. They also add some notes, stating what else you need, so people can play the puzzle and come back with better solutions for their own issues. If even these are not enough for you, then you are on the same boat of many of us. It took me a long time until I figured out why my screen was always black. Turned out my SL cannot use any 60Hz based resolution. It sucks but I can work at lower resolutions. And I discovered this by accident. Maybe if I had searched better, I could had find this before, as this issue was first reported long ago. Anyway, if you are just waiting for an instant "Dumber's Guide for miohn's 4890 SuperClocked Edition, English version", then please use the [X] button on right top of your browser, and get back to your favorite game. We are busy researching to create dumb guides for dumb people. Try again in a few months. Don't get me wrong, but we are in here to help, not to work for anyone. Or go buy... nevermind, they lose on Court
  6. [Guide] P7P55D & i7 860 @ 2.8GHz

    What about working audio in 64-bit? Your VoodooHDA does not contain code for x86_64, thus does not work on 64-bit.
  7. ATI HD4850 (Sapphire) in Snow Leopard

    Usually Dual DVI cards works the same as non-standard ones. Try to swap DVI ports before booting OSX and see if you have any image. Also, suggest you to roll back any changes and start from scratch with clean drivers, as 4850 is an official OSX video adapter. No idea, but mine have all high resolutions @ 60Hz only. I may SwitchResX, heard we may set 59Hz and it should work exactly as 60Hz. Yes, resolutions are the same on Boot.plist and system properties page. I will try to boot my hack with HDMI cable plugged to DVI, as I just tried swapping cables after OSX was already running. Cheers all.
  8. ATI HD4850 (Sapphire) in Snow Leopard

    I have 2 disks in my machine: one with Win7, another one EFI formatted with Retail SL + 10.6.2 ComboUpdate and a 5Gb iAtkos, which I used only to install SL (you know, Core i5/i7 CPUs...). Anyway, Chameleon was installed on my SL partition. Chameleon /boot file is on SL partition, same as /Extra. It was a manual install, done after I was able to at least boot SL in single mode. Major issues in here were 2: 1) LegacyATI4800Controller.kext must be on /S/L/E and not on /Extras, or it will not work and 2) somehow I can't use any 60Hz based resolution. Otherwise, system is perfect -- OK, still have a thing or two to work on, but graphically speaking, it is flawless.
  9. ATI HD4850 (Sapphire) in Snow Leopard

    I had not used ATY_Init.kext. Also, I found ATY_Init is a 32-bit only kext, and my SL is running 64-bit. Regarding resolution change, it is strange, because my machine boots with 1920x1200 on Chameleon, and then when OSX is booted, I need to log on using VNC and then set a different resolution. All based on 80, 75 or 72Hz do change instantly, whereas 60Hz ones put my monitor on standby. Even cleaning up display system settings files and letting OSX boots with what is on boot.plist, whatever are set @60Hz does not works. Finally, I was unable to boot using HDMI to DVI cable. Only DVI worked. Thanks anyway.
  10. ATI HD4850 (Sapphire) in Snow Leopard

    I restored all ATI kexts to stock 10.6.2, installed Chameleon 2.0 RC4, enabled GraphicsEnabler on com.apple.Boot.plist, and -- that made the trick -- installed LegacyATIRadeon4800.kext on /S/L/E. Guess what? I am posting this from my Snow Leopard. Got full video acceleration, QE/CI (transparent menu bar + ripples effect on Dashboard). The only gotcha? Using my DVI cable, I am unable to use any resolution besides 1280x1024 based on 60Hz frequency (my monitor goes up to 1920x1200). 1280x1024 works only @75Hz. But it is enough to start polishing this install.
  11. HD4850 (HDMI/VGA/DVI) on 10.6.2

    Try to set your resolution to any of SVGA ones -- up to 1400x1050 (erm... I previously stated it was 1680x1050, which is wrong). Suggest you to try 1280x1024 and check if you do have image. If yes, then welcome to TOMBE club: The Owners of Monitors with Bad ECID Club. If not, then... be happy with HDMI->DVI cable. It is still digital and should provide no visual differences from plain DVI.
  12. I do follow TonyMac P55 blog. The DSDT file for my motherboard was submitted by me -- but I did sent him the vanilla one, as I was hoping to get my rig fully operational before start hacking DSDT and then sharing a truly good one. Also, there were like 3 BIOS updates from ASUS in December alone, fixing or improving something. Until things get more stable, better to figure out how to fix my HD4800 card than rushing to DSDT. Regarding Chameleon RC3 and PC_EFI v10.5, I don't think it may be of much help -- in fact, I had spent quite some time with PC_EFI v10.5 sources before updating to Chameleon RC4. Same as with rekursor's boot file. There are a ton of variables I did not wrote down and I probably either skipped or missed. For now I guess my current best bet is the x86_64 extensions supposedly not working on /Extra -- this is definitively worth a try. Same as with PciRoot, I completely forgot which one is right to my rig. Rebooting time, wish me luck. And thanks for the tips -- my head is hurting already trying to cover all bases
  13. Sure, let me enumerate all tries -- hopefully they will be as much informative as possible. Also, on each of them, I tried the following video connectors' combinations on 3 different, simultaneous screens (it took me a hell of time and over 50 reboots): + DVI cable + HDMI cable + VGA cable + DVI to VGA dongle + HDMI to DVI dongle + DVI to VGA dongle + HDMI cable + DVI to VGA dongle + VGA cable + HDMI to DVI dongle + DVI cable + HDMI to DVI dongle + VGA cable + HDMI to DVI dongle + DVI to VGA dongle + HDMI cable + DVI cable + VGA cable + HDMI cable + DVI to VGA dongle + VGA cable + HDMI to DVI dongle + DVI cable + VGA cable + HDMI to DVI dongle + DVI to VGA dongle + VGA cable From all the above combinations, I found QE/CI working when SL was accessed via VNC if a DVI cable was plugged on at OSX boot time. All other combinations gave me a desktop without QE/CI -- when not having a garbled screen. 1st try: Black screen (QE/CI working with monitor on DVI, when SL acessed via VNC) - Clean 10.6 install from inside 10.5.7 (using img mount) - Updated Chameleon to 2.0RC4: boot files installed on SL partition; SL partition set as active - Added EnableGraphics=True on /Extra/com.apple.Boot.plist - Added netkas' FakeSMC.kext to /Extra/Extensions - Added DSDT.aml to fix AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement - Reboot (booted with -x) - Applied 10.6.2 ComboUpdate - Added netkas' LegacyATI4800Controller.kext to /Extra/Extensions - Ran Kext Utility to create fresh caches - Reboot (booted with -v -f) 2nd try: Garbled screen (Unable to connect via VNC, SSH working) - Created a backup of all 10.6.2 vanilla ATI*.kext - Removed EnableGraphics=True from /Extra/com.apple.Boot.plist - Added EVOEnabler.kext to /Extra/Extensions - Ran Kext Utility to create fresh caches - Reboot (booted with -v -f) 3rd try: Black Screen (QE/CI working with monitor on DVI, when SL acessed via VNC) - Added EnableGraphics=True on /Extra/com.apple.Boot.plist - Removed EVOEnabler.kext from /Extra/Extensions - Removed netkas' LegacyATI4800Controller.kext from /Extra/Extensions - Edited ATI4800Controller.kext/Contents/Info.plist to add ATI 4850 card ID (0x94421002) to device lists - Ran Kext Utility to create fresh caches - Reboot (booted with -v -f) 4th try: Garbled screen (Unable to connect via VNC, SSH working) - Installed qe_ci_exotic_patch_10.6.1.pkg - Installed qe_ci_exotic_patch_10.6.2.pkg - Added netkas' LegacyATI4800Controller.kext to /Extra/Extensions - Ran Kext Utility to create fresh caches - Reboot (booted with -v -f) 5th try: Garbled screen (Unable to connect via VNC, SSH working) - Restored all ATI*.kext to vanilla 10.6.2 from backup - Removed all ATI??00Controller.kext - Restored ATI4800Controller.kext to vanilla 10.6.2 from backup - Ran Kext Utility to create fresh caches - Reboot (booted with -v -f) 6th try: Garbled screen (Unable to connect via VNC, SSH working) - Reverted all ATI*.kext to vanilla 10.6.2 from backups - Installed 10.5.8 ATI*.kext - Added ATY_Init.kext to /Extra/Extensions - Removed netkas' LegacyATI4800Controller.kext from /Extra/Extensions - Ran Kext Utility to create fresh caches - Reboot (booted with -v -f) 7th try: Garbled screen (Unable to connect via VNC, SSH working) - Clean 10.6 install from inside 10.5.7 (using img mount) - Updated Chameleon to 2.0RC4: boot files installed on SL partition; SL partition set as active - Added EnableGraphics=True on /Extra/com.apple.Boot.plist - Added netkas' FakeSMC.kext to /Extra/Extensions - Added DSDT.aml to fix AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement - Reboot (booted with -x) - Applied 10.6.2 ComboUpdate - Installed netkas' qe_ci_exotic_patch_10.6.1.pkg - Installed netkas' qe_ci_exotic_patch_10.6.2.pkg - Added netkas' LegacyATI4800Controller.kext to /Extra/Extensions - Ran Kext Utility to create fresh caches - Reboot (booted with -v -f) Let me know if I skipped any needed step. Or if I should do any other test. Unfortunately -- to me -- I have tried all scenarios and advices I could find. Hope I have not bored you instead of awaking
  14. Bah, that's too bad. It didn't worked in here (my card has HDMI+DVI+VGA). All I have is a garbled screen and ATI4800Controller.kext not being load at boot time. I had reinstalled OSX from scratch, manually created new kext caches, removed caches and left OSX to generate new ones, no go. *sigh* Need to find someone to buy my card so I can buy a new one with 2 DVIs.
  15. I bet your card has 2 DVI ports, which has nothing to do in this post...
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